we all have latent superheroes in us

I was commissioned to take the composition of a photograph of this father and his son to become illustrated analogous versions of Captain America and his sidekick Bucky.  The setting was to be the aftermath of a serious battle with copious bodies and smoke- like any decent battle has.

The part that was most fun was was definitely transforming Bucky’s uniform down to toddler size.  While researching the comics and graphic novels, it was fascinating to see all the iterations the uniform has gone through over the eons that Capt America has been around.

We initially discussed making it a physical painting, but after seeing all of the Capt America art that he most wanted me to draw inspiration from, (and recreate the style of…which btw was all digital), we realized it should be digitally painted.

I started off with a fairly tight pencil sketch of the heroes with their uniform details, transferred that to photoshop, then began the task of building masks and layering up the paint and brush strokes.